Friday, December 3, 2010

Summer/Fall 2010.

So it's been about 5 months since my last post which means it's about time to check back in with my blog. I've been keeping pretty busy this year. Projects are slowly getting bigger and maybe even slower than that, they're getting better. There are a few new music videos and Funny or Die videos to post but that work has slowed down as I've been keeping busy with a few commercial clients. This summer/fall I've spent time in San Diego and LA for NBC's new promo campaign. I've continued working with Media Arts Lab, and worked on a feature film in Van Nuys, and one in Kansas City. I also worked on part of a short that was just accepted into the Sundance Film Festival. It's another Team G installment, which will make this the third time my name will scroll past a Sundance audience. Here's a short tease. It's the only part of the film I actually worked on. It's a fictional infomercial that is a part of the storyline and will play in the film:

Fat 2 Fab Extreme from Team G on Vimeo.

My most recently finished music video was shot by my friend Wyatt Garfield for the band Best Coast.

Funny or Die allowed me to work with David Mamet, a famous playwright, director, and screenwriter. In one short day we shot two projects. He, and Danny DeVito were a joy to work with. Check them out here:

I also got to work on a music video for Cee Lo Green. It was still a funny or die project, made for the soundtrack to the Will Ferrel film, "The Other Guys." The video features Eva Mendez, and the song was written by composer Jon Brion.

Before that I worked with magician Ricky Jay who you may recognize from P.T. Anderson films. This one's a bit dry, but I enjoyed the day.

There have been a few more FOD videos. One with Joey McIntyre from new kids on the block, A short with Joshua Jackson of Dawson's Creek and Fringe, and the first video I ever worked on for FOD, Mind Ride, finally posted a year after we shot it. You can look those up if you're interested, I just didn't want to bore. I'll write again, maybe in less than 5 months.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Funny or Die.

Funny or Die is another company I've been working with fairly regularly. I've done about a dozen project with them this year. One of which for their new HBO show, "Funny or Die presents..." FOD offers cool oportunities to work with some big name talent on a small scale. Here are a few projects I worked on.

The first project I worked for that made it up online was co-directed by Ron Howard and Jake Syzmanski (that might not be spelled correctly. sorry jake)

The next day we worked on another project also directed by Ron Howard and Jake. It was pretty exciting to work with all those actors. I was the A-camera first AC.

and you can catch me in the behind the scenes video once or twice.

The next to make it up online was a funny project with Ralph Macchio, the original karate kid. I was the B camera operator for about half the show.

Next was a spot for Mini. Apparently there's a bit of a feud going on between mini and Porsche so Mini hired FOD to fuel the fire.

There are several more that have yet to make it up to the site, including a short with John Slattery (of Mad Men) dressed as a transvestite. An video with the Magician, Rickey Jay, and a spoof of Mad Men, staring Joey McIntyre. I'll post them once they're finished!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Staying Busy

So since I've been out in LA I've worked on half a dozen features, a bunch of short films, commercials, webisodes and a whole lot of music videos. Music videos are great because they're fun and fast turn around. And above all they really allow you to do some cool stuff that would be more difficult to work into narrative filmmaking. Here's a bit of a hit list of some of my favorite videos I've worked on. Some are a little odd., don't blame me I'm just an AC.

Dir. Dave Ma
DP. Eli Born
This was my first video pulling on anamorphic lenses. It was a pretty awesome experience. We had a lot of fun shooting this video in just 1 day.

Foals "Miami" from Team G on Vimeo.

Yeasayer "Ambling Alp" NSFW
Dir. Radical Friend
DP. Kevin Phillips
This video was a lot of fun to work on as well. We spent two night and three days in the desert followed by a few days shooting at Jim Henson Studios for everything on stage. There's some nudity in this so don't get yourself in trouble at work.

Yeasayer "Ambling Alp" from Team G on Vimeo.

Mum "Sing Along"
Dir. Kevin Phillips
DP. Eli Born
This video was a treat to work on. We shot in northern Cali and camped in tents on the beach for 5 nights. It was super low budget but everybody really gave ti their all and came up with an awesome product. This video helped get Kevin signed to a directors label as well.

Múm "Sing Along" from Team G on Vimeo.

Music Go Music "Light of Love"
Dir. David and Meredith Metcalf
DP. Eli Born
We shot this video in 2 days. Also a lot of fun as I'm sure you can see from the video.

Music Go Music "Light of Love" from Music Go Music on Vimeo.

Fools Gold "Surprise Hotel"
Dir. Matt Lesner
DP. Wyatt Garfield
I only worked on this video for one day but it was a lot of fun. I ACed and did a little bit of operating. Some of the handheld, as well as some of the underwater footage was my handiwork. The band was a lot of fun to work with, and I always love working with my friend Wyatt.

Fools Gold "Surprise Hotel" from Team G on Vimeo.

Le Loup "Forgive Me"
Dir. Matt Lesner
DP. Wyatt Garfield
This was another fun video to shoot. We shot it in the Oregon Dunes in south western Oregon. You wouldn't know it from the video but the first half of the second day was pouring rain and it was freezing cold: temp probably around the 40's. That was a fun obstacle to overcome.

Le Loup "Forgive Me" from Monte Lomax on Vimeo.

Ravonettes "Last Dance"
Dir. Matt Lesner
DP. Wyatt Garfield
This was another fun shoot. Everything is shot with rear projection which is a sort of old timey effect that films used for driving shots back in the day. Essentially you just project an image from behind a screen then shoot actors in front of it.

Raveonettes "Last Dance" from Team G on Vimeo.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Starting this up again.

So I've decided to re-start this blog. In doing so I had to spend about ten minutes goggling "Scott Johnson's Blog" in order to find it. I guess I could have started a new one since it's been 2 years since I've posted here, but this was easier. So I guess I'm just going to post some project that I've been working on Photos I've been taking etc. It will probably be a little less wordy from here on out.

So to start off, here's a bit of what I've been doing. Two, outdated reels... for now.

Documentary/Reality Reel from Scott Johnson on Vimeo.

Scott Johnson '09 Reel from Scott Johnson on Vimeo.